Natalia Reiman was raised on a farm near Wanham, Alberta and attended Eaglesham School from Kindergarten through
Grade 12. She went on to attend the University of Montevallo in Alabama on a golf scholarship. Natalia completed
her Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology while on an academic and golf scholarship at the Florida Institute of
Technology. She returned to Canada and obtained her Law Degree from the University of Alberta in 2009. Following
graduation Natalia returned to Grande Prairie to complete her articles of clerkship and continues to practice in
Grande Prairie at the law office of Rigler & Reiman, Barristers & Solicitors. Over the course of her
studies; Natalia was a member of numerous organizations including the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, Forensic
Psychology Students Association and completed her undergraduate degree as captain of the varsity golf team. She was
also a member of the Theta Zeta chapter of Alpha Phi holding numerous positions including Treasurer and member of
the Executive Board.
Since returning to Grande Prairie she has been the Treasurer of the Grande Prairie Bar Association, volunteered
with the Rainbow Society of Alberta, and Grande Prairie Legal Guidance and assists in the junior golf program at
Chinook Valley Golf Course. Natalia holds education in high regard, and she is excited to bring her passion for
education to the GPRC Board of Governors. She believes the growth and development of our community and the Peace
Region is positively influenced by a strong post-secondary institution. She is eager to work with GPRC and the
opportunities for the region that will result in the coming years.
Scott Roessler, Vice-Chair
First Term - Appointed until December 12, 2019
Scott Roessler was raised on a farm north of Grande Prairie and attended elementary and secondary school in
Sexsmith, Alberta. Both Scott and his wife, Amanda, have attended GPRC and accessed the College’s university
transfer program to obtain their degrees at the University of Alberta. They are also proud parents of two lively
young boys, Jesse and Jordan, and spend much of their winter months chasing minor hockey teams around the Peace
Scott has nearly 20 years of experience in the professional service industry as a Civil Engineer, and is the
owner of three Grande Prairie-based businesses. Scott is very active in the community and serves as an active
Rotarian with the Swan City Rotary Club. He remains connected with the College through seminars with the
Engineering program and assisted with the inception of the Pipestone Creek dinosaur project which became the
Phillip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum. Scott has served on local minor hockey boards and continues to coach at various
levels throughout the Grande Prairie Minor Hockey Association.
Scott acts as Director at Helix Engineering and Helix Surveys within the Land Development and Municipal
Engineering fields in Grande Prairie and the region. Scott and his partners pride themselves in their commitment to
the local community and are avid supporters of GPRC. It is his belief that a solid educational institution is
paramount to the success of not only a growing city, but the entire region it serves. Scott is excited to serve on
the GPRC Board of Governors with such strong community members and will advocate both professionally and fairly in
the best interests of GPRC.
Don Gnatiuk, President & CEO
Don Gnatiuk and his wife JoAnn made Grande Prairie their home when Don joined Grande Prairie Regional College
(GPRC) as President and CEO on May 1, 2007. Don brought to his new job the incredible energy, warmth and optimism
for which he is now so well known. A people-centered leader, Don believes passionately in the importance of
relationships; he believes that through strong relationships the impossible can become reality.
During his first year at the College, Don focused on establishing relationships with College employees and staff
associations, the Board of Governors, the Government of Alberta, the community, and his post-secondary colleagues.
Don has a gift for change management; the College’s “Mission, Vision and Values” were created by
a large team led by Don. They are now embraced by the whole College community. Through Don’s hard work and
enthusiastic personality GPRC became known as “easy to work with,” and “a truly committed member
of our community” – whether that was the community of Grande Prairie, Fairview, or the community of
Alberta post-secondary institutions. He has served the Alberta post-secondary system as Chair of the eCampus board
and as a member of the Board of Directors of Colleges and Institutes Canada. Don has given back to his community
both through his service on Rotary, as an Honourary Chair of the Grande Prairie and Region United Way from
2010-2012, and has been recently appointed to the Grande Prairie Airport Commission.
Leading the creation of a learner centered institution that strives first and foremost to serve the student has
been of primary importance to Don; he frequently asks of decisions and initiatives: “How does this serve the
student?” In 2010 GPRC was awarded “Employer of the Year” by the Grande Prairie Chamber of
Commerce, and in 2015 Don Gnatiuk himself was awarded “Business Citizen of the Year.” In his typical
fashion, Don was both surprised and abashed. These awards are recognition of Don’s commitment to working with
the communities the College serves to ensure GPRC provides the learning opportunities required by citizens and the
future employees required by area businesses.
DDon is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D); his leadership and governance acumen are in
high demand and he has participated in leadership programs and events for a variety of organizations including the
City of Grande Prairie, Community Foundation, and Grande Prairie Rotary Clubs. Don is held in high esteem by his
fellow presidents, as evidenced by the role he held as Chair of the Association of Colleges and Technical
Institutes of Alberta Council of Presidents. During his tenure as Chair, the Council of Presidents transformed from
a group of Comprehensive Community institution presidents to include all of the presidents of post-secondary
institutions in the province – an incredible feat of collaboration! Don continues to lead GPRC on its journey
“per gradus ad maius” – “steps to the greater!”
First Term - Appointed until December 17, 2019
Nan Bartlett graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Home Economics degree in 1978
and moved to Fairview to work with Alberta Agriculture as a District Home Economist. Her career and volunteer
activities have focused on the importance of families and education to communities. She has worked as an adult
educator for the Provincial and Federal Departments of Agriculture, Regional Coordinator for the Green Certificate
Program, as well as, Executive Director with Fairview and District Family and Community Support Services.
In 2004, Nan was elected to the Board of Trustees for the Peace River School Division and served four terms. She
served as Board Vice-Chair and Chair and represented the Peace Region on the Alberta School Boards Association
Board of Directors. Nan is a strong believer that governance boards serve an important role in ensuring public
institutions achieve their mandate and meet the needs of the communities they serve.
Nan, her husband, Dave, and their two married sons operate a grain farm west of Fairview. She is the proud
grandmother of three.
Nan believes Grande Prairie Regional College is important to Fairview and the communities of Northwest Alberta.
GPRC provides residents with the opportunity to further their education and develop skills while remaining in their
community and continuing to contribute to the well-being of their community.
Mary Ann Eckstrom
First Term - Appointed until July 2020
Ms. Mary Ann Eckstrom is a retired municipal councillor for the County of Grande Prairie where she served for 18
years. During her time as a county councillor she was appointed as chair of the local Family and Community Support
Services board and also sat on the Community Foundation Board, the Affordable Housing Task Force and the Grande
Prairie and Area Council on Aging Seniors Outreach.
Ms. Eckstrom earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Alberta. She is a piano
teacher and passionate volunteer who currently resides in Sexsmith.
First Term - Appointed until December 12, 2019
Jane Manning fell in love with the Peace Region when she transferred here in the early 80's. It turned out
that career advancement provided other opportunities, as she also fell in love with a widowed homesteader from
Silver Valley. They married, and Jane embraced a new way of life with Don Seekins, his farm, and four kids.
Jane holds her Nursing degree from the University of Manitoba, and her Masters of Science, focusing on Community
Health and Administration, from the University of Portland. During her studies in the US, her appreciation for the
Canadian health care system only grew.
Jane Manning's 40-year career in health care crosses the spectrum from nursing in a 30-bed hospital in an
Indigenous community north of Winnipeg, to directing Public Health Nursing for the Grande Prairie Health Unit, then
implementing its transition into regionalized Health Services in Alberta. In Senior Management, Jane's
portfolio included Continuing Care (including Home Care), Regional Health Services, Rehabilitation Services, and
even Property Management.
Now retired, Jane Manning holds an Associate Membership in CARNA, the College and Association of Registered
Nurses in Alberta. Retirement simply means not being tied to the office. She continues to serve our community,
especially the interests of the more vulnerable among us. Jane is a board member of the Wapiti Community Dorm
Society, which operates Rotary House Emergency Shelter in Grande Prairie. She brought the voice of rural and
northern regions to the provincial Interagency Council on Homelessness. Jane was on the Seniors’ Advisory
Council of Alberta. She brings that same expertise, compassion, and skill in communicating client's feedback to
the Patient and Family Advisory Committee with Alberta Health Services. On the Strategic Clinical Network for
Population Health, she's helping to form future policy and program development in our health care system. Close
to home, Jane is a board member of the United Way Alberta Northwest and a charter member of the Rotary Club of
Grande Prairie Sunrise.
Their children are grown but Jane and Don remain connected. With the extending families spread from Toronto to
Vancouver Island Jane embraces a new life of travel, technology, and enjoying her eight grandchildren... with a few
rounds of golf thrown in for good measure.
First Term - Appointed until November 2020
Pattie is originally from southern Ontario, but has called Alberta home for the past 27 years. Though having
lived in Grande Prairie, Pattie has called Jasper home for some time.
Pattie is involved in various committees and organizations, and for the past 9 years she has served as Executive
Director of the Jasper Park Chamber of Commerce. Pattie is also a member of the Jasper Park Initiative, a group of
individuals comprised of representatives from the Municipality of Jasper, Parks Canada, Jasper Hotel Association
and major attractions whose sole purpose is to foster community, making Jasper an amazing place to live, work, play
Holding a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor Education Degree (elementary), Pattie is a strong advocate for
education, working to ensure school is enriching, available and affordable to everyone.
As the Public Member of the (GPRC)’s Board of Governors in the west central area of the province, Pattie is
proud and honoured to serve. Most importantly, Pattie is looking forward to creating strong ties between Grande
Prairie Regional College and residents, moving toward learning opportunities for all.
First Term - Appointed until June 30, 2019
Gordon Pellerin was born in Grande Prairie and raised, along with five siblings, nearby on a farm at Five Mile
Creek. While attending school at Harry Balfour, Gordon observed the rise of the GPRC Cardinal Building from out of
the earth and across the reservoir. Fascinated by the curvilinear architecture, he became determined to explore
this building and to attend GPRC, from which he completed two years of pre-med and science in university transfer
studies in 1983.
Upon graduating from University of Alberta in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree, honors in Zoology, Gordon
had the opportunity to return to Grande Prairie to take a term-certain contract with GPRC as a science laboratory
technician. This nine-month contract has turned into 34 years with GPRC.
Gordon has taken various positions at GPRC, including a faculty position in Academic Upgrading to teach biology,
chemistry and physics, to Academic Advisor and Liaison in Student Services, and currently Associate Registrar of
During his years at GPRC, Gordon has served on a number of committees, including Academic Council and Curriculum
Committee. In 2005, Gordon was awarded the peer nominated Dean Stetson Service to Students Award. Currently Gordon
is co-chair of the Provincial Planning Committee for the Alberta Services for Students Conference.
His involvement in social and community development has been with HIV North Society of which he was a co-founder
32 years ago and served as president and chair of the board of directors for several years. Gordon also serves on
the boards of the Alberta Science Network, Five Mile Community Agricultural Society, and Grande Prairie
Environmental Science Education Society.
Along with Celestin, his life partner of 26 years, Gordon resides in a beautiful heritage home in one of the
oldest areas of Grande Prairie. His roots run deep here as his great-grandfather homesteaded over 100 years ago at
Five Mile Creek. Gordon has a passion for education and a vital connection to the GPRC Cardinal building and has
been unofficially designated as the GPRC tour guide.
First Term - Appointed until November 2020
Lorne Radbourne is a born and raised Grande Prairian who chose to stay in the city and marry, raise his family
and pursue his work career goals. He is proud of Grande Prairie and the Peace Region and our potential as a
growing, vibrant and resourceful community.
Following high school, Lorne enrolled at Grande Prairie Regional College with the goal of becoming a teacher. At
that time GPRC was a one-year learning institution, so he completed his Bachelor of Education at the University of
Alberta. He also completed his Diploma and Masters of Educational Administration at the UofA a number of years
Lorne spent his entire 35-year career as an educator with the Grande Prairie Public School District, in various
roles including teacher, school administrator and district administrator. Lorne served as Superintendent of Schools
for the GPPSD for 11 years, and is described as an effective and accomplished educator and leader.
Following his retirement as an educator, Lorne moved on to his second career as a dedicated and influential
Grande Prairie City Councillor. He was very popular during the three terms he served on Council, noted especially
for asking the right questions, understanding community issues, listening with an open-mind, building
relationships, doing his homework, and being fiscally responsible.
Lorne’s service to community extends to his current volunteer involvements as a member of the Rotary Club
of Grande Prairie, Board member of the GPPSD Education Foundation, Board member of the Hockey Alberta Foundation
and as a Trustee of St. Paul’s United Church.
Lorne is both excited and pleased to continue his service to community as a public member of the GPRC Board of